This year marks the fifth anniversary of the annual “Doing Autoethnography” conference. For the past four years, participants have come to present work, engage in vibrant discussion, and build relationships at the annual “Doing Autoethnography” conference. This fifth year, the tradition continues.


In order to provide autoethnographers of all levels the opportunity to present their autoethnographic endeavors and encourage dialogue among scholars across a variety of disciplines, the Department of Communication and Mass Media at Angelo State University invites the submission of panel proposals, performances, completed papers, and extended abstracts to be considered for presentation. The fifth annual “Doing Autoethnography” conference will be held March 10 through March 13, 2016 on the campus of Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas. Dr. Carolyn Ellis (University of South Florida) and Dr. Lisa Tillmann (Rollins College) will deliver this year’s keynote addresses. Dr. Art Bochner (University of South Florida), Dr. Robin Boylorn (University of Alabama), Dr. Tony Adams (Northeastern Illinois University) and Dr. Sandra Pensoneau-Conway (Southern Illinois University Carbondale) will facilitate workshops on autoethnography. This year’s conference will feature Dr. Desireé Rowe (Towson University) performing a special spotlight session.


Potential performances, papers, and extended abstracts might engage autoethnographic approaches on a variety of topics (e.g., gender, fat studies, sexuality, race, education, health), address autoethnography on theoretical or methodological levels, work to further aspects of autoethnography (or autoethnography in general), and/or interrogate practices in autoethnographic methods. Creative and innovative approaches to autoethnography are encouraged. All performances, papers, and extended abstracts engaging or discussing autoethnography are invited. Additionally, proposals for performance, paper, or discussion panels are welcomed.


Completed performances and papers should be no longer than 30 pages (double-spaced, excluding references), and extended abstracts should range from 3 to 8 pages. Other methods of doing autoethnography that might not translate to written form are also invited. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2015.


The conference is co-sponsored by the National Communication Association. There are no registration fees associated with the conference. All programming is open for general admission. On campus lodging will be available at a nominal cost for all attendees.


Please direct all inquiries and submissions to Derek Bolen,